I briefly saw posts about string choices including a test package of "E" strings ( from Quinn ). Am I to believe that the "E" strings can create a new sound for the whole violin ? No way!
I had to resolve my doubt so I bought the "E" set and ran my own tests. I used a typical "advancing student" violin having 3 Helicore strings + the test "E".
I tried the Hill special first, allowing at least 24 hours to settle down. The Hill string uses a little rubber donut which I included.
I would say that this Hill "E" made a difference but nothing to get excited about.
Then I tried the Westminster KG and I would say that the violin was "improved" but hardly enough reason to change "E" strings.
This string used a tiny tube which was included for the test.
Then it was the Pirastro Oliv. Same routine including the small tube supplied. After I installed this "E" I just happened to pluck the "E" and I heard the most musical sound I ever heard from any "E" and the whole violin mellowed out.
I'm still not sure I believe this so I'm continuing with this string (day 4) and it is sounding good.
The Quinn "E" package has like 6 kinds of strings but I don't want to take off the Oliv right now.
I can only guess that the different strings (tension) somehow are changing the violin body vibration patterns ?
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